political violence

Should we risk using anger to arouse America?

Summary:  Anger can be a political tool, motivating both an organization’s cadre and its mass audience. Too risky or the other available tool? Today we examine both sides of the issue, and end with a question for readers. . “As for those American soldiers asking, “Was our sacrifice in Fallujah worth it?,” one is at …

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The Million Vet March, a typical peasants’ protest. Does it portend more serious protests in our future?

Summary:  The Million Vet March is typical citizen activism in America, much like the Occupy movement’s street parties. Naive, weak leadership. Poorly conceived goals (the GOP, not Obama, shut down the government). Delusional thinking about the breath of their appeal (“million man”). And a lack of internal discipline (tolerance of off-point or even inappropriate messages). …

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The Oath Keepers want to give America its own Freikorps!

Summary: The Right wing of America is active on all fronts: shutting down abortion, disenfranchising voters, and holding America’s credit rating hostage. Now we add to that list something small, but disturbing and with the potential to grow explosively: the Oath Keepers, one of the many militia-like groups, are “going operational”. This is a follow-up …

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What are the odds of violence from the Right in America?

Summary:  Violence is as American as apple pie, part of most social movements since the Founding (used for, against, or both). Might it burst forth again? If so, by whom? The Left feels strongly about climate change, but looks like a spent force — capable of staging street parties but not violence. Political energy, for …

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About the Oath Keepers: boon or bane for the Republic?

Summary:  this posts looks at the Oath Keepers.  Potentially valuable (perhaps even critical support).  Potentially dangerous (perhaps disastrous).  Their goal is commendable; their actions sometimes worrisome.  At worst they could become a nucleus for fourth generation war in the US.  It’s too soon to tell how they will evolve. . Contents Who are the Oath Keepers? …

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